I, like many other expats in teaching in Korea, am in my early 20’s and arrived shortly after graduating from university. I thought coming here that my days of partying and staying out all night had ended. Prior to leaving I did a lot of research on the cultural sites and history of the country, but I never thought to look into the social drinking culture in Korea. I thought to myself, “It’s a conservative country, surely there will be bars but that lifestyle won’t be the focus.” Boy, was I ever surprised when I arrived.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
It’s been about a week since I attended the well known and almost obligatory MudFest. Having had time to digest the 1 day 1 night escapade into dirty debauchery, I realized that in some ways the festival can be seen as a symbol for my overall experience in South Korea.
So after weeks of deliberation and weighing my options I’ve decided to leave Korea due to certain family matters. While it will be wonderful seeing my family again after so long, it seems surreal that I’ll be leaving this place that I’ve grown to consider my home. Now that it’s become official that I’m leaving, I’ve made it a point to take full advantage of my remaining time here by doing all of my favorite things. There are just certain aspects of Korean life that you can’t get back in the states, and after thinking it over I’ve realized the top 7 things about Korea I’ll miss the most!
1. Korean Barbecue – Literally everywhere you go in Korea you will find a barbeque restaurant, my favorite Korean dish of all time. In America Korean barbecue is horrendously expensive and not even half as fun, so I’ve made it a mission to get it as much as possible during my remaining weeks here. Like any typical restaurant you go in, have a seat, and order from a menu consisting if various kinds of meat. After all this you’re given the sides, another amazing facet of Korean culture, the thousands of side dishes given to you at any restaurant. While you’ll definitely get some kimchi wherever you go, you might also get a nice seafood soup, an egg dish, some seaweed soup, mashed potatoes, etc. but of course this all depends on the restaurant itself. Then they’ll bring out the meat, which you will cook yourself over a grate using tongs.
Teachers living in Korea love their convenience stores, some have even called them home. A fellow Korea blogger wrote awhile back that there are over 2,900 7-Eleven stores in Korea. Check out how close I live to my favorite 7-Eleven and all you can find inside. What is your favorite Korean convenience store goodie?